Push for cheaper solar access for Coast businesses
A push is on by Noosa businesses for the State Government to make the same green emissions support enjoyed by interstate counterparts available to the region.
Zero Emissions Noosa president Vivien Griffin is lobbying for Environmental Upgrade Agreements for business to access no deposit, low interest and long repayment term loans to implement cost-saving energy efficiency technology, including rooftop solar.
"We know Noosa businesses are doing it tough, so anything that can help their bottom line must be pursued," Ms Griffin said.
"(Environmental Upgrade Agreements) provide proven support to reduce both emissions and operating costs, essential in a recovering economy.
"Queensland businesses deserve the same opportunities as their interstate colleagues, and this is one simple, no cost initiative that could help them in these horrendous economic times."
Ms Griffin said this required an amendment to the Local Government Act by the Queensland Government.
"There is no cost burden to the State Government or local councils, who must choose to opt in to the scheme. We strongly believe this must happen as a matter of urgency," she said.
"We are convinced this is one simple initiative that could really help business reduce their operating costs.
"The loan stays with the property and repayments are made through the local council, so there is great security for the lender, which enables lower interest rates. Case studies prove that they can be cash positive from the start."
Ms Griffin said the agreements were already available in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
Zero Emissions Noosa has met with Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart and the council's economic development director Kim Rawlings to enlist their support.
Ms Griffin said the group had been lobbying the State Government, and already had support from Noosa Independent MP Sandy Bolton.
"We hope that support from local councils including Noosa and the Local Government Association of Queensland would speed up the reform process," she said.
"We would love to see Noosa's business associations get behind this initiative as well."
For more information visit zeroemissionsnoosa.com.au.